Twins take RHP Doyle in Rule 5 Draft

DALLAS — The Twins selected right-hander Terry Doyle from the White Sox organization in the Rule 5 draft at the Winter Meetings today.

Doyle, 26, posted a 3.07 ERA with 122 strikeouts and 33 walks in 173 innings between Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham last season. He also went 4-0 with a 1.98 ERA in eight starts totaling 27 1/3 innings in the Arizona Fall League.

“If you look at his line this year it’s impressive, and he was impressive in the Arizona Fall League,” Twins general manager Terry Ryan said. “The one thing that sticks out is the innings he’s logged. This guy is a workhorse. He’s going to take the ball. He’s big and strong and durable.”

Doyle, a 6-foot-4, 225-pounder, must remain on the Twins’ 25-man roster for the entire season, or else he must be offered back to the White Sox. Another option — if they don’t want to keep him on the active roster all year — would be to offer him back and acquire in him a trade like the Twins did last year with left-hander Scott Diamond.

But Doyle, whose fastball is in the 88-94 mph range, could make the club as a long reliever and spot starter before evolving into a full-time starter in the future.

“If he’s good enough to stick you find a spot for him,” Ryan said. “This is one of those where you take a shot and hopefully everything fits. This is more of an opportunity to acquire talent.”

The Twins also selected right-handed pitcher Marty Popham, 24, from the Indians organization and lost right-handed pitcher Shooter Hunt to the Cardinals organization in the Minor League phase of the Rule 5 Draft.

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